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Raise Your Voice: Allison's Life with Type 1 Diabetes


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  • 1. Raise Your Voice: Allison’s Life with Diabetes in 10 slides (not counting this one)
  • 2. Once Upon A Time…
    • I was a normal little kid. I liked to run around with my best friend Jenny and annoy my younger brother Eric.
    • When I was 8 years old, I started going to the bathroom a lot, drinking water all the time, I lost weight and I became a very crabby little kid.
    • Then I was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, which is now called type 1 diabetes.
    • And everything changed.
  • 3.
    • A lot of people know about type 2 diabetes, how it’s related to obesity and genetics.
    • Type 1 diabetes has nothing to do with how big or small you are, or how old or young you are.
    • Genetics do play a small part.
    • You can get it at any age, no matter how “good” or “bad” your lifestyle habits are. You cannot stop type 1 diabetes.
    • Here’s a crash course in type 1 diabetes:
  • 4.
    • In a person without diabetes, this is how the body works:
    EAT! mmmmm Digest food and turn carbs into sugar molecules Sugar goes into blood stream Insulin unlocks the cells Sugar goes into the cells Cells use sugar for energy Pancreas produces a hormone called insulin Rinse and repeat!
  • 5.
    • In a person with diabetes, the immune system has attacked the pancreas:
    EAT! mmmmm Digest food and turn carbs into sugar molecules Sugar goes into blood stream Cells stays locked. Sugar stays in the blood stream. Toxins are produced, body flushes out toxins through urine, dehydration occurs. It’s not fun. Pancreas does NOTHING Cells use fat for energy.
  • 6. Blood Sugar (Diabetes) Food Insulin Stress Hormones Exercise Illness Food isn’t the only thing that impacts blood sugar…. That’s a lot of unpredictable things to pay attention to!
  • 7.
    • Because my body doesn’t produce insulin, I have to do a lot of things myself.
    • Diabetes is a balancing act. I have to test my blood sugar 6-8 times a day to make sure everything working.
    Diabetes gadgets!
  • 8. Treatment
    • Taking artificial insulin via injections or an insulin pump are the only ways to treat diabetes.
    This is connected via a small plastic tube in my abdomen. I’d show you, but that would require taking a picture of my stomach. Not happening.
  • 9. Even with all the work I do, trying to think like a pancreas is almost impossible. My blood sugar level often goes too high or too low.
    • When I am high (not that kind of high!), I get very thirsty and grouchy.
    • The only way to bring the blood sugar level back to normal quickly is with insulin.
    • High blood sugar causes damage to the organs, and can cause complications like blindness, kidney failure and nerve damage.
    • When I am low, I get weak and sleepy.
    • The only way to bring the blood sugar level back to normal quickly is with juice, soda or glucose tablets.
    • Low blood sugar can cause disorientation and if it drops too low, seizures and even death.
  • 10. Impact of Diabetes Diabetes supplies are very, very expensive. I can never be without health insurance. Diabetes also affects your family, because they have to take care of you when you’re young and worry about you when you move across the country. Diabetes also affects your body in the future. Complications from diabetes include blindness, kidney failure, heart disease and stroke. Diabetes can even cause death.
  • 11.
    • There is no cure
    • for type 1 diabetes.
    • Yet.
    For more about my life, please visit my blog at . Or visit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: . If you would like to hear more stories, visit . Thank you for reading.